Photography by Alex Heidbuechel
To become a premier international music festival that elevates the creative spirit of both artist and audience
To transform communities through the power of music
To present the world's finest Canadian and international artists in innovative, inspiring multi-sensory concert experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding Niagara wine country
About Bravo Niagara!
Founded in 2014 by Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner, Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to presenting the world’s leading Canadian and international musicians in extraordinary concert experiences throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding Niagara region. Bravo Niagara! also utilizes the arts to commemorate and celebrate the Niagara region's historic riches, as well as foster intercultural dialogue.
Since its founding, Bravo Niagara! has gained a prominent role in the cultural landscape of the Niagara region by creating a niche for exceptional festivals and concert experiences of the highest quality, particularly during the shoulder and off-seasons. We recognize the potential of the arts to stimulate cultural and economic vitality throughout the Niagara region. Bravo Niagara! has positioned itself to complement full year cultural opportunities throughout the Region.
Our programming spans a wide range of musical genres from classical to jazz, R&B to pop. Past artists range from Canadian jazz icon Molly Johnson to 11-time JUNO winning violinist James Ehnes. Check out our Bravo Niagara! artists here.
Bravo Niagara!'s Voices of Freedom Festival (formerly the North Star Festival) raises awareness of Canada's significant Black history and the ongoing journey to freedom and equality through the arts. For more information, click here. The inaugural 2015 festival received endorsement by the UNESCO Slave Route Project. In 2017, Bravo Niagara!'s Executive Director & co-founder Alexis Spieldenner received the Lincoln M. Alexander Award, which recognizes three young leaders annually for their outstanding efforts to end racial discrimination and promote positive social change.
Bravo Niagara! has enriched the quality of life for thousands of local Niagara residents, as well as national and international tourists, and has demonstrated that in just four seasons it is recognized as a burgeoning international festival. We offer once-in-a-lifetime concert experiences and create a symphony of the senses by featuring some of the world’s finest musicians while showcasing the spectacular wines, local culinary experiences, natural beauty, and historic riches of the Niagara region.
Our performances are innovative, passionate and profound, and appeal to a wide demographic audience. Performances are offered in traditional concert halls and non-traditional venues that range from intimate wineries to heritage buildings unique to Niagara. In this way both seasoned and new concertgoers can experience the art and music in all its power, bringing new energy to the conventional concert experience and ensuring the longevity of live music for future generations.
With the support of our strong corporate partners, funding at all levels of government, and network of community supporters, Bravo Niagara! continues to strive towards its vision of becoming a premier international music festival that elevates the creative spirit of both artist and audience.
"I commend the Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts and all supporters, performers and volunteers for celebrating this vital part of our heritage, and I am proud of our government’s support to this superb event."
— Minister Coteau (Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport)
"I wish to congratulate you for your initiative which will showcase the musical interactions generated by the slave trade and slavery. This festival will pay tribute to the resistance and resilience of Enslaved People and highlight their contribution to modern societies. Your project is in line with the UNESCO Slave Route project’s objectives and will contribute to the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)."
— Ali Moussa-Iye, Chief, History and Memory for Dialogue Section, UNESCO
"It is my distinct pleasure to join Ontarians in celebrating these remarkable recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award. These young leaders have demonstrated commitment, creativity, and dedication to social justice as they lead the way towards an ever more inclusive society that is accepting of diversity. In this special year for Canada, I encourage everyone to look to their example as we continue working hard to break down barriers."
— The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (Ontario Media Release Re: Alexis Spieldenner, Co-Founder of Bravo Niagara! & Recipient of Lincoln M. Alexander Award)
"I am convinced that Bravo Niagara! possesses all of the essential components to create a successful event: a market niche, a desirable destination, a clear narrative, natural partners in the community and an abundant supply of top-quality programming possibilities. Within a few years, Bravo Niagara! could become one of the most important arts and lifestyles festivals in Canada."
— Charles Letourneau, Executive Producer of Festival Napa Valley